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Call for Submissions for Fall/Winter 2020

Our latest theme for fiction and nonfiction invites you to step outside.

Nature versus nurture. It’s a common theme of the human condition: Was I born this way, or did the confluence of events that comprise my life make me this way? But those who know it well know, deep in their bones, that nature is nurture, that wilderness is where one goes to be restored and to encounter something bigger than oneself.

This fall and winter, we invite you to travel into the wilderness. We are calling for fiction and nonfiction pieces that tell the story of nature, of being among that which nourishes you, and of the connectedness that is born of a relationship with the outdoors.

In keeping with our submission guidelines, only stories in line with this theme and with a Southern connection will be considered. The deadline for submissions is January 31. Please note that this is a rolling submissions period, meaning submissions will be reviewed throughout the cycle. Pieces considered and accepted will undergo a collaborative revision process to prepare for final publication. Accepted stories will publish after January 2020.

For inspiration on the type of stories we accept, please check out our “A People’s History” and “Race in Place” theme story winners.

Our full submission guidelines may be viewed here, but general requirements are as follows:

  • All submissions must have a Southern connection. Please specify this in your e-mail or bio.
  • Submissions must be emailed to [email protected] and attached to the email.
  • Submissions must include the name of the author, word count, email address for contact and a short bio about their background and work.
  • Fiction, short stories, and nonfiction are limited to one work at a time and may not be longer than 3,500 words (can be an excerpt from a longer work).
  • Deep South reserves the right to reject any submission and does not accept pornography or works that do not meet the standards of the editorial quality of our magazine.


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